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Less Common Tourist Attractions to See in Nigeria
Published February 14th, 2017

If this is the first time you’re visiting Nigeria or you’re a veteran traveler, chances are that you have done your research and found a ton of potential activities to keep you busy when you get here. Whether this is a short, leisure visit, or you’re moving here for work or business, no doubt you will want to explore the country and there is a plethora of information on big name attractions. Obudu Cattle Ranch, Yankari Game Reserve, Arochukwu Town, all beautiful, wonderful experiences with pros in favour of each. But if you want to expand your horizons just a bit, it might be time to try the lesser known tourist attractions of which there are plenty!

The beauty in these lesser known places is you get more than just fun experience, you get the local culture, you get to interact with communities, you get to experience nature at its finest, and you get to leave with some beautiful local arts and crafts.   Not to mention the fact that most of these places are significantly cheaper than their better known counterparts.

Here is a list of some uncommon tourist attractions to visit while you’re in the country:

Farin Ruwa Falls in Wamba: Wamba is a small local government located in Nasarawa State, just two hours away from the capital city, Abuja. What very few people know is that it’s a great place to visit for a day trip or a few days of low-key fun and exploring. Interesting fact: Farin Ruwa Falls (meaning white water in Hausa) is one of the highest waterfalls in Africa rivaling Victoria falls. It is inexpensive to access, food and accommodations in the area are cheap, and the townsfolk are extremely hospitable. Alternatively, try Black Marble, another tourist site in the area with impressive black rock formations and a beautiful flowing water body.

Gurara Falls: Located in Niger State, North Central, Gurara falls is named after the local government where it is found. Gurara is better known than Farin Ruwa, but still relatively undeveloped. Niger State has the largest land mass of any state within the country but Gurara is located along the Suleja- Minna road, which is relatively on the outskirts of the State, making it a lot easier to access. It lies  thirty meters high and is a treasure trove of raw food such as fish which you can get at much cheaper rates.

Mambilla Plateau: Mambilla Plateau is the highest plateau in Nigeria. It lies at a whopping 1,600 meters above sea level, and some of the hills and mountains on the plateau reach as high as 2000 metres. Located in Sardauna local government in Taraba state, North East, it is a gorgeous expanse of greenery inhabited by Bantu speaking people.

Rich in culture, myths and legends, Mambillia is a great place to experience history, see West Africa’s only tea plantations and visit the Gashaka Gumpti  Game reserve.

Mungo Park House: This is probably the best known on the list, but still not as popular as some. Mungo Park House- or the National Museum- in Asaba, Delta State, is named after the discoverer of the River Niger. The location is a great historical site. Constructed in 1886, it served as the first British administrative headquarters in Nigeria, making walking through the grounds a walk through history and an education in itself.  

Usuma Dam: Usuma Dam is a pretty picturesque, leisurely spot along the Dutse- Bwari road about twenty six kilometers away from the Capital city’s centre. With lots of greenery and lots of water, it’s the perfect location for simple afternoons and picnics. It is extremely easy to find, budget friendly, and constitutes a wonderful introduction to the country’s natural endowments.

Finally, Horn Abuja: If you are fascinated by the outdoors and interested in exploring the mountain and hill trails within the country, you should consider exploring the Horn of Abuja. Though not its actual name, this hill was dubbed Horn of Abuja for how it dips in and out like the horns of an animal. The hill is in Kubwa, one of the suburbs in Abuja, which makes it very easy to reach and inexpensive choice if you are in the area. It is a worthy challenge for any true adventurer or explorer and has gained a reputation for being a steep, challenging climb with a beautiful view from the top.

And that rounds up the list of less popular tourist attractions in Nigeria. If you’re new to the country, these striking sights, all over flowing with history and nature, are perfect alternatives for authentic Nigerian experiences.


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